In"stant (?), a. [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. intant. See Stand.]


Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. Rom. xii. 12.

I am beginning to be very instant for some sort of occupation. Carlyle.


Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.

Impending death is thine, and instant doom. Prior.


Present; current.

The instant time is always the fittest time. Fuller.

⇒ The word in this sense is now used only in dates, to indicate the current month; as, the tenth of July instant.


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In"stant, adv.



Instant he flew with hospitable haste. Pope.


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In"stant, n. [F. instant, fr. L. instans standing by, being near, present. See Instant, a.]


A point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment.

There is scarce an instant between their flourishing and their not being. Hooker.


A day of the present or current month; as, the sixth instant; -- an elliptical expression equivalent to the sixth of the month instant, i. e., the current month. See Instant, a., 3.

Syn. -- Moment; flash; second.


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